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First trip to the North Island in many years, not sure where to start

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We've been visiting the South Island on a regular basis for years, but have only been to the NI once, and that was back in 1994.

Spouse and I are considering a semi-spontaneous July visit to the North Island - only have about 10 days, and we're pretty clueless about where to begin.

We'll fly in/out of Auckland, coming from Perth. We love a good drop, and are interested in visiting the wine region of Martinborough, home to the best pinot noir spouse has ever had. We're also avid walkers and love the outdoors and national parks.

Also considering a few days in Wellington, but otherwise very much want to avoid cities.

Feeling rather lost at the moment, and would much appreciate any suggestions for a leisurely visit, perhaps a loop from Wellington with a return flight to Auckland.

All suggestions appreciated.

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